9am/private tour start time - Meet, safety briefing & kayak preparation
We meet at the u-bahn (underground/metro) station ‘Kaisermuhlen VIC’ on the U1 red line (more details & map below). Please arrive here a few minutes before the confirmed start time of your tour to avoid delays and to give us more time on the water! We then walk to our launching point (8 mins) to get set up with safety & dry storage equipment, and to talk basic kayaking technique (for those who have not kayaked before).
On the water - The Old Danube
We’ll be investigating the most relaxing part of Vienna, the Alte Donau; a lakeside village which was cut off from the main Danube channel in 1870. This is where nocturnal beavers now roam in an old side arm of the grand river. We’ll see how Vienna maintains its long-established reputation as a centre for diplomacy, politics and international relations as we paddle past the United Nations, along with several of the city’s other most important contemporary buildings, which together are forging ‘new’ Vienna’s emerging skyline. This is later contrasted with cute lakeside huts which adorn the water’s edge to give vibrant bursts of colour to the lakeshore.
You’ll get loads of tips from us on things to do during your stay, all while making new international friends, getting some sunshine, and being active in the great outdoors!
In the water - Optional swim in the Danube
If it’s hot, we can also pull up and take a short swim break in the clean lake waters. From May to September especially, the water temperature is just right to cool off while watching the slow-paced world of the Old Danube float on by! Expect to share the water with some rowers, the odd fisherman, and the local birdlife, but for the most part, we’ll have it to ourselves.
Midday/private tour end time - Tour end
Once the tour is over, you could keep investigating ‘new’ Vienna for a bit longer. Grab lunch or a cocktail at Vienna’s nearby ‘Copa Beach’, swim and hang out on the Danube Island, visit Austria’s tallest building – the Danube Tower, or explore the charming Danube Park, all of which are within easy walking distance from where we’ll finish.